October 1945: And Then There Were None















Oh, this is the Agatha Christie thing! I’ve seen a bunch of versions and read the book etc, but I don’t think I’ve seen this version before. And I’ve forgotten who the murderer is. How delightful.

At first I thought that they had embellished the novel greatly (as they usually did back in the days; all the script writers seemed to think they were more clever than Christie (spoiler: they weren’t)), but I think that’s wrong? This movie seems the most genuinely Christie-like movie of the early ones I’ve seen, although René Clair has added some comedy bits. I think.

This bluray restoration is… OK? I mean, they’ve preserved every last bit of grain from the film? Perhaps overdoing it? But there’s an annoying flickering effect: It’s like there’s a very very regular dimming thing going on: It’s like it cycles between dark and light four times per second. It’s not horrible, but it’s something that should have been fixed.

This is a very enjoyable watch. So many genteel murders.

And Then There Were None. René Clair. 1945.

Popular movies in October 1945 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
34220 7.6 Spellbound
9637 7.6 And Then There Were None
533 7.2 Kitty
2515 7.2 Pursuit to Algiers
744 7.1 Perfect Strangers
1873 7.0 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
284 6.9 Strange Confession
741 6.7 Week-End at the Waldorf
544 6.5 The Dolly Sisters
1139 6.4 The Spanish Main

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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